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"Aspect Ratios Of Love"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One of the professional banes of the business of being a film critic is that because of deadline crunches, there is often very little time to contemplate a particular film in any great detail before committing an opinion to print for public consumption. Granted, in many cases, this extra contemplation is not necessarily required--I doubt that extensive marination on the subjects of "The Boy Next Door" or "Mortdec" (more)
"Occasionally dys-gusting, seldom dys-missable."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE BOSTON HORROR SHOW 2014: Maude Michaud's "Dys-" looks to be on the path to dystopia as it starts, but as with many stories that start with an outbreak, that turns out to be the background for some intense dysfunction. It's the sort of movie that is going to push some a bit too far, but will be absolutely riveting for others." (more)
"Third Time is Not the Charm"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "The last time Williamson teamed up with an Italian director for one of these low-grade action movies, it was the much-better "1990: The Bronx Warriors."" (more)
"Second-Rate 'Death Wish'"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "While superior to James Glickenhaus's "The Exterminator," it doesn't have a whole lot to recommend except for some decent supporting performances." (more)
"*Insert 'grin and bear it' or other variation of tired joke here*"
5 stars
Charles Tatum says... "Based on the series of children's books by Michael Bond, "Paddington" is an unexpected delight for all ages." (more)
"Pastiche without passion."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE BOSTON HORROR SHOW 2014; Oh, man, so many angles from which to disdain "The Sins of Dracula", just one opening paragraph. I mean, I've recently seen one of the Hammer Draculas that this draws inspiration - do I come at it that way? Or maybe I should consider the question of whether Richard Griffin setting a movie around a community theater company shows self-awareness or a lack thereof. Then again, you don't really need an angle beyond "bad movie that tries to use camp as an excuse"." (more)
"Jerry Reed's Lackluster Directing Debut"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A limited release that was critically panned, it's not exactly ripe for rediscovery." (more)
"No buried gem, but not quite the debacle I'd feared."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I wanted "Strange Magic" to be good (and dreaded it being otherwise) a bit more than most movies. It will, after all, likely be the last screen credit for George Lucas other than "based upon 'Star Wars' created by", and no matter how much his legacy has soured for many, it would be nice to see him retire on something good. It's directed by Gary Rydstrom, who has done a lot of great sound work and directed two animated shorts for Pixar. Plus, I've got an eight-year-old niece who loves fairies. It mostly winds up a mess, but I'll take that over hating it." (more)
"I don't want to tell someone with suicidal thoughts to keep quiet, but..."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I want to champion "Rocks in My Pockets"; it is a striking animated film made with adults in mind, and one that tackles a difficult but important subject head-on. The world needs movies like that. The thing is, the world also needs them to be something other than a chore to sit through. That isn't to say that a film about depression and suicide should be easy, or fun, but it needs to hook the audience, and at the risk of sounding uncaring, this one can get very tedious at points." (more)
"'Would You Like Butter Brickle?'"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A direct-to-video guilty pleasure that's entertaining more often than not." (more)

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